ACE Courses & Independent Study

"Engagement in this sense is not just a proxy for learning but a fundamental purpose of education."- Lee Shulman, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching  

Academic Civic Engagement at Carleton College is an approach to education focusing on community-based learning, community-based research, and service learning.

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Applied ACE

Fall 2016

  • PSYC 218: Hormones and Behavior
    In this course, students will learn about how hormones act in the brain and the body to affect behaviors.
  • PHYS 210: Sustainable Energy Principles and Design
    The course will consider the world energy landscape with particular local and global foci. Includes a significant group academic civic engagement project that focuses on renewable energy design
  • PSYC 383: The Social Psychology of Gender: Playing by the "Gender" Rules
    n this course, we will systematically review and analyze psychological theory and empirical research related to gender roles, gender stereotypes, and power differentials in society.
  • RELG 243: Native American Religious Freedom
    This course explores historical and legal contexts in which Native Americans have practiced their religions in the U.S. Projects integrate academic learning and student involvement in matters of particular concern to contemporary native communities.
  • WGST 285: Gender Violence and Feminist Self-Defense
    This course will focus on the theories and praxis feminists have put forth to resist gender and sexual violence. Students will participate in self-defense programs and reflect on feminist theories of resistance in the context of personal experience.
  • SPAN 204: Intermediate Spanish
    This course aims to help students acquire greater skill and confidence in both oral and written expression. The language classes team up with the Northfield public schools to help both Northfield and Carleton students improve their language skills.
  • MATH 280: Statistical Consulting
    Students will apply their statistical knowledge by analyzing data problems solicited from the Northfield community. Students will also learn basic consulting skills, including communication and ethics.
  • IDSC 298: FOCUS Sophomore Colloquium
    This colloquium is designed for sophomore students participating in the Focusing on Cultivating Scientists program. It will provide an opportunity to participate in STEM-based projects on campus and in the community.
  • CS 399: Senior Seminar
    As part of their senior capstone experience, majors will work together in teams (typically four to seven students per team) on faculty-specified topics to design and implement the first stage of a project.
  • CAMS 270: Nonfiction
    This course addresses nonfiction media as both art form and historical practice by exploring the expressive, rhetorical, and political possibilities of nonfiction production.
  • EDUC 234: Educational Psychology
    Human development and learning theories are studied in relation to the teaching-learning process and the sociocultural contexts of schools. Observing learning activities in elementary and secondary classrooms and working with students.
  • ENTS 215: Environmental Ethics
    This course is an introduction to the central ethical debates in environmental policy and practice, as well as some of the major traditions of environmental thought.
  • IDSC 235: Perspectives in Public Health
    This course will explore the many dimensions of public health within the United States and provide an introduction to community based work and research.
  • GEOL 210: Geomorphology
    Study of the geological processes and factors which influence the origin and development of the surficial features of the earth, with an emphasis on some or all of the processes in Minnesota. Laboratories and field trips included.
  • BIOL 322: Ecosystem Ecology Laboratory
    Prerequisite: Biology 126 and one of the following: Biology 125, Geology 110, Chemistry 123 or Chemistry 128. Requires concurrent registration in Biology 321.

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Theoretical ACE

Fall 2016

  • POSC 120: Democracy and Dictatorship
    An introduction to the array of different democratic and authoritarian political institutions in both developing and developed countries.
  • IDSC 203: Talking about Diversity
    This course prepares students to facilitate conversations in the Critical Conversations Program. Students learn about categories and theories related to social identity, power, and inequality.
  • HIST 226: U.S. Consumer Culture
    This course explores the development of consumer culture through such topics as advertising and mass media, the body and sexuality, consumerist politics in the labor movement, and the response to the Americanization of consumption abroad.
  • ECON 270: Economics of the Public Sector
    This course provides a theoretical and empirical examination of the government's role in the U.S. economy.

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